Every summer, grapes, and cherries begin to ripen. This is the harvest season after extremely hard work. However, the problem encountered by many growers is that birds often eat a lot of unpicked fruit before farmers have a chance to harvest. Sometimes, they can almost eat all fruits!
Although there are some ways to deal with these fruit-stealing birds, such as making some noise and high-tech scarecrows, they are not very effective. So protecting your crops from the attacks of those pesky birds is a tough job.
Bird netting is one of the few methods that can effectively protect plants such as grapes and cherries. But usually, the farmer has some concerns about the purchase and use methods.
If you have these problems, you may wish to continue reading “9 major questions about using bird nets to protect agricultural products.”
Does the Anti-bird nets Cost High?
Anti-bird nets are divided into different types according to product usage and durability.
Take a common product with a 5-year warranty as an example:
· 15x15mm Knitted bird netting 35g/m2
· 15% shading rate
· White HDPE 0.3% Ciba® 783 UV inhibitor
· 5 years UV warranty
The cost of bird netting ranges from US$2500 to US$6000 per hectare (excluding costs of structural frame), which is equivalent to approximately US$0.25 per square meter. Even when you consider the average cost per fruit tree, such as a fruit of medium width, 10 foot-high, the cost of that is not very high.
This is a very cost-effective choice to protect an orchard from birds.
In particular, the life span of the bird netting is 5-10 years, so the average annual use cost is even lower.
Can the Anti-bird Net be Reused? be Recycled? Is the Material Toxic?
In most situations, the material of the bird net is HDPE polyethylene monofilament, and anti-ultraviolet absorber is added at the same time. It is specially knitted and durable.
PE is a non-toxic and recyclable material already recognized worldwide. Therefore, bird netting is recyclable and environmentally friendly, so that it will not cause pollution and harm to the environment or the plants. According to different quality requirements, EyouAgro’s bird netting provides a warranty ranging from 5 to 10 years. You can reuse it for many years, open it when you need it, and gather it for storage after the fruit is picked.
Of course, when the bird netting reaches its life span, it may become dry and fragile, resulting in breakage and damage. We understand that it is important not only to understand where your organic fruits come from but also to understand that the methods of growing are environmentally friendly, healthy, and sustainable.
Undoubtedly anti-bird netting can meet all of these requirements.
Will Bird Nets Damage Your Crops?
There are two ways to install the bird netting.
The cost of different installation methods is different. But both methods are safe to crops. The anti-bird net not only protects the crops from the invasion of birds, but also provides 10-20% shading effect that can resist solar radiation, and avoid the sunburn of the fruits.
Bird nets provide a high level of protection through the physical barrier between birds and crops. Therefore, no matter what season and what type of bird you want to fright, you can achieve this effect by choosing the appropriate type of bird net. At the same time, bird nets can also protect the orchard from wind and hail damage. By fine-turning the orchard’s microclimate, thereby increasing the fruit yield of the orchard.
Will Anti-bird Nets Trap and Kill Birds?
The mesh size of the bird net is about 15mm-25mm. It is not made of monofilament but made of multiple strands of yarn, which can keep the mesh surface smooth and thick.
Compared with monofilament, the multi-strand yarn is less likely to entangle the bird’s feet, so it is not easy to trap them.
Even smaller birds, such as small sparrows, are easier to break free, reducing their damage.
Of course, if an improperly installed net allows the birds to enter, they can still be trapped inside.
Anti-bird nets are one of the most common ways to control birds. Facts have proved that it can prevent birds from destroying fruits through physical isolation.
Can Bird Nets Block Other Small Animals?
Facts and experience tell us that bird nets can also block other small animals. If you choose the right mesh size, that can prevent various other potentially problematic animals (such as snakes, foxes, deer, perforated moths, fruit insects, macadamia borers, fruit flies, wallabies, hares, and opossum).
What Size of the Anti-bird Net is Right for You? And How to Calculate the Quantity?
Bird nets come in different sizes, weights and materials. Before buying, make sure you choose the net that suits your needs.
Questions to ask when browsing bird nets include:
What do you need to protect?
Different nets need to be selected to protect different issues. For example, bird nets used of buildings are different from those used for gardening or crop protection.
What kind of birds do you want to keep away?
The weight, material, and mesh size of the net will vary according to the size of the birds you are trying to stop. Calculating the size of the mesh you need is simple, but very important. When buying anti-bird nets, a common mistake is that the ordered bird nets are too short. Thus it’s better to be slightly longer than too short when ordering.
Below we lead you to calculate the required quantity for the three common bird nets.
What Color is Suitable for the Anti-bird Net?
The usual colors of anti-bird nets are black, white and green. So which color is more suitable for you?
The most commonly used color is black (because carbon black UV inhibitors can best prevent sunlight). The black mesh is better integrated with the surrounding environment, and will not block the outside scenery. Therefore, the knotless black net is particularly suitable for residential and factories.
The white net can make it easier for birds to discover, preventing birds from entering your orchard, stealing your vegetables, and crops. And they can also be used as anti-hail nets or anti-frost nets to protect fruits during hail in summer or late spring frost.
- Green net is usually used in gardens and is mainly sold in farmers’ retail stores.
So, if your purpose is for bird protection in farms or orchards, then white bird nets maybe the best choice for you.
How Long Can the Anti-bird Net be Used?
EyouAgro’s bird nets provide a warranty ranging from 5 to 10 years according to different quality requirements.
The material of the bird net is HDPE with anti-ultraviolet absorber added. It is specially woven made and durable.
Does the anti-bird net effect pollination?
The mesh diameter of the anti-bird net is about 15mm-25mm. The size of bees, especially the worker bees, is about 12mm, so bees can pass through the anti-bird net with meshes larger than 12 mm.
Furthermore，the bees are very good at sensing and approaching their food sources. As we all know, the mesh of the most commonly used anti-bird net is 15x15mm square. For ordinary bees, there is enough space to pass through. Firstly, they will land on the net, then pass through the mesh, and then take off again. So the anti-bird net would not affect orchard pollination.
In addition, only after strawberries, cherries and other fruits mature and become sweet, they will be attacked by birds. So you can cover these fruits with anti-bird nets before they start to show color changes. At this time, pollination is already complete. This is another reason why it will not affect fruit pollination.
We Eyouagro also weave custom nets to any weight, dimension, or opening requested. If you are interested in Bird Netting, contact us and we would be happy to help you decide which product is right for you.